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sloration, she spokė submissively, AFFECTING VISITATION. and added, If I ain spared, I hope Mrs. K-, the subject of the folI shall be a pattern of piety, of lowing narration was a member of a prudence, of love, of gravity.'---At Christian church, in the county of another time the writer endea- Sussex. Some time since, a pretty youred to prepare her mind against strong rumour was circulated, that any attack of the spiritual enemy ;

it was suspected she carried on an but her faith was strong; she said, illicit intercourse with a Mr. So, My Jesus will deliver me.' To her

who occasionally attended the Christian frien is she made many preaching of the gospel where she pertinent observations, most of

was a member. This report havwhich were more appropriate than ing reached the ears of the church, could have been expected from a she was visited by two of the mem. person

of no education. She cau- bers, to ascertain, if possible, her tioned her friends against sins guilt or innocence. She positively which are too common ainong re- denied the charge, and declared ligious professors. She said, You

that no improper connexion sub-. must not have pride! Pride, with sisted between them. The mass of all hatred and malice, must be put circumstantial evidence, though away.' She exhorted thein to per- considerable, was not sufficient to severance, saying, 'Go on, go on,

prove her guilt, yet the mind of my dear friends, the way is trying: the church was left dissatisfied, but glory is at the end. She ex

under a strong suspicion that the pressed great concern for the sal- report was too true. As absolute vation of her neighbours and rela- exclusion could not take place for tions. To a poor neighbour, who want of positive evidence, she was could not read, she said,

requested to desist from coming not, I am a poor creature, who

to the Lord's table for a time, that cavnot read; but the Lord is better she might, by a total separation than a thousand teachers ! Go

from the company of Mr. S. rehome, neighbour, and pray, move suspicion. This request was Lord, leach me lo proy! and

reluctantly acquiesced in; but from pray, so again and again, and the Lord will help you.'

her repeated protestations of innoShe de

cence, she was again admitted to a sired that a sermon might be church fellowship: preached after her interment, but In this situation matters CONonly with a view to the spiritual tinued for upwards of two years ; benefit of others; and, when ex- but about Christmas last she was pressing her wishes upon this sub

arrested by the hand of Disease. ject, she said, “If by iny death but

She expressed a great desire to see one soul, 0! but one soul should 1 went, and found her very be raised to life, what a mercy!' much distressed. She said that she In the morning of the 6th she

had no sleep the night past ; that she appeared rather better, but her

could have slept; but the fear of dypains soon returned.

Her agonies ing, and being punished in hell, kept obliged her sometimes to cry out, her awake. She strongly suspected but her greans were succeeded the sincerity of her religious prowith 'I hope I am not impatient;

fession, saying, if she know she was Coine, Lord Jesus !' Vature at

in Christ she should not regard her length yielded, and at 12 o'clock at bodily afiliction, nor foar death, noon her sufferings terminated, and

After some conversation on eternal she entered into the joy of her things, I left her. I called again in Lord. In the evening of the fol- the evening, found her much lowing Lord's Day ber death was easier, and the fear and torinent of improved before a numerous and death was a little subsidod. A few attentive congregation, from Rev. days after, I paid her another visit, xiv 13.-- May the dying prayer of pursuant to hier earnest request. our departed friend, jor the con- When I entered the room, she sat version of a soul, appear to have upright in bed. One of her attendbeen prevalent with God! J. A.

auts exclaimed, Mr. H. is come!


now you are glad.' Fixing her eyes cision! I endeavoured to comfort upon me, with a tone which indin her mind. cated her amazing distress, she ex- After this I continued to visit her claimed,“ 0, Mr. H.! 0, Mr. H. !" at different times, finding her, alseveral times. I said, 'Well; what ternately, the subject of gloomy do you want with me?' She re- despair, or frantic joy, or deep plied, “I have much to say to you, thought. But in goiug to see her

have patience, and I will tell you one day, coming to the door, I all.” After a short interval, with a found it fastened : I shook the door, look of despair, wildness, and at which a woman looked at me anguish, - a look which I shall through the window, not attemptnever forget, she began to vent the ing to open it. At length the door black despair of her mind in bitter was opened. I had wondered at groans and cries, saying, “ I cannot the circumstance; but coming to give you my hand. No, no.” I the poor afflicted woman, iny wonasked her why, not. She answered, dering ceased, on being informed “I have lied to the Holy Ghost.” that an edict was issued, forbidding I addeal, that I was fully assured she every one known by the terrible had not committed the sin against name of Methodist, to approach her the Holy Ghost. I then expatiated any more. On enquiring into the on the intinite riches of God's grace cause of this prohibition, I was into sinners, &c. She still persisted formed that the Doctor who at. in saying there was no pardon for tended the dying woman, had inher; aud confessed the crime of formed her sister that the Method. which she had been accused by the ists had turned her brains ! . From church; adding, You charged me this time I saw her no more; but with it: - I denied it; but I was the poor woman desired a request guilty. I kept up a criminal cor- to be sent for an interest in public respondence with S.; and continued prayer in the chapel ; --but Popish to come to the ordinance. I have intolerance forbade' it. However, lied to the Holy Ghost; I shall never it neither could nor did not binder; be with Jesus! O that I had minded prayer was made for her in the conwhat you said ! I ain now in Hell!' gregation. I remonstrated onthe impropriety From this awful and instructive of saying she was Hell; adding providence learn we, she was certainly on earth ; and 1. The convincing, condemning, that the blood of Christ was all-suf- tormenting power of conscience. ficient to atone for her numerolis 2. The justice and holiness of crimes. She replied again, - My God. When his saints wander in soul is in Hell-fiaines! O, it burns paths of rebellion against him, they within me! O, my soul is exceed- shall feel the rod ing sorrowful! o Hell, Hell, Hell ! 3. To chargeihe gospel of Christ Jesus, Jesus, Jesus: I shall never be ind the way of truth with being with Jesus ! After witnessing the cause of the poor woman's awhile this awful scene, I withdrew, agony and distress, betrays a total which seemed to increase her ago- want of wisdom. When the holy nics. She threw herself back on the truths of divine revelation come pillow, whilst her louder cries suf- in contact with guilt, hypocrisy, ficiently evinced the misery of her and a sense of abused mercy in the mind ; and was to me a forcible heart, the effects must be dreadful. comment on Ps. 1. 22. Meihought, Lastly, Let professors of the goshere is a tearing to pieces indeed! pel in general, and members of Soon after this it was noised abroad gospel churches in particular, take that Mrs. h. had confessed to me heed to their state, and clearly cxher intimacy with S. The sentence amine the account between God of death which she passed on iier- and their own souls; for let those self, on account of her sin and hy- who cover secret practices of inipocrisy, was charged to my ac- quity with a fair garb of profession, connt; and it was reported that I be assured, that their sir will one told her there was no pardon for day find th:'m vul ! her; whereas this was her own dc.

J. H.


Lectures on the Pastoral Character. which it abounds, will be useful,

By the late Rev. George Camp- not to pastors only, but to others; bell, D. D. F. R. S. Edinburgh. especially to those who fill public Edited by James Fraser, D. D. stations in society.' In this opi8vo. 78.

nion we are, upon the whole, disTue name of Dr. Campbell

posed to coincide; although we must excite in the ininds of those

should have attached more importwho are conversant with his writ

ance to the work had it eutered ings, a profound respect for his

more into the spirit of the pastoral talents, and a grateful sense of obli- character and charge, — had it regation for the laborious diligence

ferred more to the state of the with which those talents were em

heart, the regulation of the deployed in the investigation of sires and dispositions, and the imtruth, and the communication of portance of genuine piety and de. the most useful knowledge. To the votion to the suitable discharge of Biblical student the productions of the pastoral office. We think also, his pen

are so valuable, as to deserve that many of the remarks and dia place among the limited number rections are chiefly applicable to of modern works, which it is really the state of things in the Established a misfortune not to possess. His

Church of Scotland :- - a circuinwritings in general display, as their

stance which must have greatly encharacteristic features, soundness, banced their value, considered as vigour, and maturity of intellect, relations to candidates for admispatience of research, and perspi- sion into that church, but which cuity of expression. It may be ex- certainly does not increase the inpected that these inestimable quali- terest with which they will be peties will be most apparent in the rused by readers in general. To works which he himself intended these remarks we can only add a and prepared for the press; and it

brief outline of the contents of would be unfair to form our opi

these Lectures. nion of him, or of any other au

After an introduction on the imthor, chiefly from the perusal of a portance of the subject, Dr. C. posthumous publication. We are proceeds to represent the Influence certainly indebted to the editor for of Example, the Nature of the putting into our hands any addi

Vices which are most reproachful tional lectures which were the

in the Ministerial Character, the composition of such a man as the limportance of Regard to Outward judicious and venerable Campbell; Decorum. - the Virtues especially and we thankfully acknowledge requisite in the Pastor, - the Evils our obligations to him for giving to which his occupation exposes to the world the valuable Lectures him, especially to an excessive deon Systematic Theology and Pulpit- sire of popular applause, and to Eloquence. On topics connected the indulgence of a slothful diswith the subjects of those Lectures,

position. but of a nature more directly practical, are the Lectures before us The Works of the Rev. R. Cecil, composed. Though the follow. M. A. with a Memoir of his life. ing work,' says the cditor, ' wants

Arranged and revised; wilh aliru the benefit of his corrections, it of the Auihor's Churacter. will not, it is hoped, be found un- Josiah Pratt, B.D. F.A.S. In four worthy of the well-known and

Bols. bvu, 2.8s. long-approved author. It is more of a practical nature than any of

[Concluded from our lust.] the other Lectures; and many of

The third volunue of Mi Ci's the valuable remarks and counsels works contains thirty-Three serrespecting, life and manners, with mons, laken from luis lips in short.

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hand, and revised by his judicious a clear and express assurance that editor, Mr. Pratt. Those who know this was the word of the Lord ; Mr. Cecil's talents as a preacher, accordingly the word of the Lord will approach these with high anti- was her rule: she rested on the cipations. Though they are short, promise. This was not the woand have not the finish of the man's impressions: this was not author's hand, they are the sketches her fancy: she was not giving creof a master, --a master in Israel, dit to reports; but she knew Elijah a workman that needed not to be to be the prophet of the Lord, and ashamed.

that he spake the word of the Lord The subjects being as numerous to her. as the sermons, it would be tedious The 13th Sermon is on the fiery to enuinerate all the titles : suffice it furnace,' Dan. iii. 24, 25. This is to say, they are all practical, and another instance of Mr. C.'s happy all the practical observations are manner of treating historical subfounded on evangelical truth. jects. He first raises the following Where all are excellent, we presume point of doctrine: -Whatever not to say which are best; but we trials a child of God may be called shall point out some that have ex- to endure, he is sufficiently sup, cíted in us peculiar interest in the ported under them, by the assured examination.

presence of an Almighty Friend." Sermon III. - The Child of Pro- In treating this proposition, the vidence' reminds us of the author,, ingenious preacher remarks, 1. A who was evidently so himself. It charucier pointed out,--the servant is founded on the miracles wiought of God. 2. The support of this sufby Elijah on the widow's barrel of ferer, --- Christ in the furnace. meal and cruise of oil, 1 Kings 3: The deliverance which a suffering xvii. 15, 16. First, The preacher servant of God wilt obtain in fiery considers "the character of this trials. 4. When God sends a man widow as a child of Providence: that support which he promises in and, 2dly, The lessons we are to the furnace of allliction, that man gather froin this history; of which becomes a wilness for God. we shall select but one: -" As we Sermon xx, « On the power of would wish for God to honour our faith,' is founded on the history of faith, so we must honour divine Lazarus, John xi. 39, 40. This is direction. You must go to God's a masterly discourse, and in Mr. word, not follow your own fancy, C.'s best manner. His observations nor consult your own impressions are, 1. We may here see the speToo many religious persons forget cial benefit of sanctifieri affliction. this. They say, I had an impres- 2. Contrasi the vanity of man with sion on my mind that I ought to the sufficiency of God. 3. We may do such a thing; therefore I do it.' learn how we are to honour Christ. But do they know whence these 4. While the exercise of faith is impressions come ? they may spring difficult, it is most highly honourfrom the vanity of their own ed.--We shall notice only one other hearts, or they may be temptations discourse, · On Felix trembling beof Satan; impressions are not our fore Paul:' a discourse which the rule of actioni. Honour, therefore, writer of this article heard from your rule of direction, if you the revered preacher's lips not would wish God to honour your long before the close of his minifaith. Man does not live by bread stry; and can answer, in this in- : alone, but by every word that pro- stance, for the fidelity of the copyist. ceedeth out of the mouth of God. The following portrait is a minia

• And take the sense of the Scrip- ture ; but it is sketched to the life.' ture; not inercly the letter. Many We conld not have mistaken it grievously err therein. They take without the name :- · St. Paul had the letter without regardng the given an account of Christianity; scuse of the Scripture; and run but he neither considers the grcalthereby into the greatest absurdi: ness of the persons before him, nor ties. The widow of Zarepliath kad dves he bend to their taste and no

The pro

tions, nor does he consider his own the press, he has studied plainness, safety. He preaches justice to an and kept in view the edification of oppressor; he preaches chastity to the servants in the family, as well an adultress ; he preaches judg- as that of their superiors. ment to come to a judge on the

The discourses in vol. iii. are judginent-seat, while he himself 27 in number; and the subjects are is the prisoner. Truth will pay no

as follow:

- The Disciples in a undue respect to persons.

We Storm, Famine, - Conversion, may bow to truth; but truth will Loss of Children, The Bread of pot bow to us. Truth will aim at Life, The Scripture despised, the conscience; and St. Paul, the The Advantage of having Godis minister of truth, will prefer the Parents,

Parents, - Divine Knowledge, salvation of a single soul to his The Barren lig-tree --- Saul of Tarown safety; and be will labour, sus praying, --The Paralytic, - 'The even where there is little prospect work of the day done in the day, of success.' P. 324. We must liere The Martyrdom of Stephen, take leave of the serinons; and can Christian not a favourite with the truly say we never recommended World, How we are to honour a volume of discourses with more God in Trouble,-- The Connection pleasure and satisfaction.

between Christians and Angels, --Mr. Cccil's 4th volume is called Thc aged Saint comforted-trehazi, Remains, and contains a great num- -Dying Regrets, Death conquerber of valuable remarks on Men ed. - Daniel, or Constancy in Keliand Manners, and on Divine Truth, gion, The unspeakable Gift, arraaged under various heads; of Divine Correction, The Ruler's which the following are a few of Daughter raised to Life, the most important: - 'On the fitabic Pusuit,--God the Sanctuary Christian's Life and Conflict, • On of the Afflicted, Obedience the Subjecls connected with the Christian Fruit of Redemption. Ministry, - On lufidelity and Po- These important subjects are pery, On the Management of treated in an iyteresting manner ; Children,

Oni Family Worship,-- the divisions are generally natural, Remarks on Authors, On the casy, and well adapted to inemory; Scriptures, - On the Diversity of the illustrations striking; many very Character in Christians, &c.

usefui observations on men and Here we should be happy to give

manners are interwoven with the considerable extracts, but our liinits discussion of the several heads of compel us to forbear. Whether to discourse; and, while evangelical ministers or private Christians, they truth is always kept in view, the are in the highest degree interesting whole is practically applied. and instructive.

As a specimen to such of our readers as are unacquainted with

Mr. Jay's preaching, we give a Short Discourses, to be read in Fan from the 19ih discourse. It is en

brief analysis, and a short extract inilies. By the Rev. Williain Jay. titled Dying Regrets, and founded Volume III, 12mo, 5s. 810, 9s.

on Proy, v. Ii, 12.

Mr. Jay conThe writer who contributes to siders - The subject,

the picriud, the instruction and comfort of pious and the nuirere of those regrets. families on their Lord's Day Even: The subject is a man who disregards ings, deserves well of the religious the admonition aud reproofs of a public, especially if his talent qua- pious father or religious inaster,lifies him to communicate instruc of the Scriptures, Ministers, tion in a familiar manner. This bis Conscience, the Irrational talent Mr. Jay possesses in no in. Creation round him, -and the Diseoosiderable degree ; for though pensations of Divine Providence. his style inclines to elegance, it is 2. The period of these regrets is a not deficient in perspicuity or sim- dying hour;aud such a period is plicity; and we conceive that, in unavoidable, cannot be far oil, transcribing these discourses for may be near, is sometiikes


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